Current Ottawa District Award of Merit
Congratulations to our 2022 District Award of Merit Recipients
Becki Early - Becki is a mom to two boys, A.J. and Archer. Both of them are in the same Troop. She was was born and raised in Elgin, currently lives in Hampshire and has been involved with Scouting since A.J. was in First Grade, he currently is in Eighth Grade. She enjoys volunteering within the district and with Scouts and has met a lot of great people over the years. Some of them have become very near and dear to her heart. In her free time, she enjoys watching a good movie or T.V. show, and relaxing. She is staffing at the National Jamboree this Summer and is very excited to experience it.
Chuck Misner - Chuck joined Scouting in 1977 as a Webelo Scout. After earning the Arrow of Light, he crossed over to Troop 354; Gladstone, Missouri in 1979. After quickly moving through the ranks, he earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1983 while leading the troop as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Chuck’s adult scouting experience began when his son, Alex, joined Three Fires Council Pack 151 as a Tiger Cub. Soon after, Chuck assumed the role of Chartered Organization Representative for Anderson Elementary PTO and Pack 151. Alex crossed over to Troop 13, St. Charles, IL and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017. Chuck spent many camping weekends and weekly meetings as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for Troop 13 with Alex.
When not wearing the Scouts BSA uniform, Chuck enjoys volunteering for several other organizations. He is a coach for St. Charles D303 United Special Olympics, a Trainer for Leave No Trace, and an Alumni Ambassador for his engineering Alma Mater, Missouri University of Science & Technology.
The love of the outdoors carries over to Chuck’s professional time as the Safety & Wellness Coordinator for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County where he is tasked with keeping everyone safe.
He would like to thank his wife, Julie, for all of her support and help through their many life adventures. They both enjoy camping, kayaking, hiking, biking, and world travel
Debbie Nuttle - Debbie’s Scouting Adventure began as a Cub Scout Mom in 2009, when her son, Andy, joined Pack 336 as a Tiger Scout (Eagle 2020). After a few years of actively participating in the program, Debbie became an Assistant Den Leader for her son, Ben’s, Tiger Den (Life Scout 2023). She continued her role with the Pack 336 Beach Boys Patrol for 5 years, while simultaneously guiding three Den Chiefs in earning their Den Chief Cords (Way to go, Albert, Jeremy & Andy!) For a short time, Debbie helped the Troop 31 Scribes, before dedicating herself to Troop 3. Since joining Troop 3, she has offered time and service as a Committee member, the new Advancement Chair and doer of things that need to be done. Debbie has also spent many years cheering on Venture Crew 88, assisting the Ottawa Special Needs Committee (Wizards Academy was awesome!) as well as the Three Fires Special Needs Committee and most recently, the Three Fires Recruitment Committee.
Outside of Scouts, Debbie enjoys volunteering at the Oswegoland Food Pantry Garden and helping the American Legion Post 974 Family in any way she can. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling anywhere & everywhere with her family.
Debbie is grateful for all the relationships and friendships created through Scouting.
She would also like to thank her entire family, especially her sweet husband, Rich, for supporting her at every turn. “Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”(Jean Luc Picard, “Inner Light”)
Andie Romano - Andie started as a Den Leader in Pack 113 when there was a Scout talk at her son's school in 2nd grade. He recruited 4 friends to join and a Den was born. She later became Cubmaster of Pack 113. She helped run, then Chaired Cubmobile. Her Son crossed over and she became an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 14, then Troop 1. She was encouraged to be on the District Nominating Committee. She started with Membership, then moved to Program. Her next mission is a Troop for Girls. She’s made so many friends and has learned so much!